Lake City High senior repeats as Gatorade Idaho softball winner

Casey Stangel of Lake City High in Coeur d’Alene was named the 2012-13 Gatorade Idaho Softball Player of the Year on Thursday.

This is the third straight year Stangel has received the award.

The 5-foot-10 senior left-handed pitcher led the Timberwolves to a 28-0 record and their second 5A state championship in three seasons. Stangel had a 0.73 ERA with 208 strikeouts in 143 innings. The four-time Inland Empire League MVP also batted .640 with 16 home runs, 20 doubles, 54 runs scored and 65 RBIs.

“Casey Stangel is a phenomenal young lady who strives to excel in all that she does,” said Lake City coach Laura Tolzmann in a press release. “She leads by example, demonstrates an incredible work ethic, respects the game and her teammates, and she is extremely goal-oriented.

“Casey’s level of effort sets the standard for her teammates. She continued to set new school records throughout her high school career, and she only lost one game since 2010 as a pitcher. Casey is the best softball player in the state hands down.”

Stangel has signed a letter of intent to play softball at the University of Missouri this fall.

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